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Three Arson Fires; Two Homes Destroyed PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 07:21

Wilkes authorities are investigating three fires in just over three days that finally destroyed two unoccupied houses in the Mulberry community, fires now said to have been intentionally set.  Fire Investigator Niki Hamby of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department told the Wilkes Journal-Patriot that the fires, one on Elledge Mill Road and the other about a half block away on Clover Street, caused the Mulberry-Fairplains Fire Department to be dispatched just before midnight Friday night, first to Elledge Mill, then to Clover Street at about 1:40 a.m. Saturday with Mountain View firefighters assisting in both.  The third fire was again at the house on Clover Street, reported at 3:05 a.m. Monday morning, with  Mulberry-Fairplains reporting the fire finally destroyed the house. The two-story house on Elledge Mill Road, known as the old Ledford house, according to the paper, was fully engulfed in flames and was collapsing when firefighters arrived late Friday, the structure totaled. And before firefighters had finished rolling up their hoses, the Wilkes Communications Center reported the second fire, and the effort shifted to Clover Street. Investigators found a door forced open and an upholstered chair intentionally set on fire, but the house was destroyed less than 48 hours later. The paper also reports that the house on Elledge Mill Road had been damaged in another fire several months ago.

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